Tech Talk: The Impact of Technology on Local Economies through Travel

August 4, 2016
August 4, 2016 3:30 PM
5:30 pm
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The Impact of Technology on Local Economies through Travel
Tourism greatly impacts regional and local economies. It has a total economic impact of $53.6 billion in Georgia, with Hartsfield-Jackson being the gateway for most visitors.As we know, a traveler’s first impression of any city is often first through its airport. A great experience at the airport encourages repeat travel to that city.
However, what some passengers don’t know is that the world’s busiest airports are efficient in large part due to back and front-end technology which creates an enjoyable end-to-end passenger journey from the time the passenger arrives at their departing airport through arrival to their destination.
SITA, the world’s leading specialist in air transport communications and information technology with North American headquarters in Atlanta, provides technology to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson, Miami International Airport and other airports across the country and world. SITA has created a more enjoyable passenger experience by creating a day of travel app for Miami Airport, which leads passengers through every aspect of travel by using back-end technology (Beacons) to guide passengers through the airport, provide updates on flight information, suggest airport activities and special offers and more.
SITA President Randy Pizzi (or CTO Jim Peters)will speak to some of the most recent updates in airport technology seen and unseen by passengers today, including Beacons and passenger apps, automated passport control kiosks and wearable technology. He’ll discuss technology’s role in a passenger’s first impression of a particular destination, which ultimately impacts their decision to return to that location in the future.